Centuries ago some of the most courageous and prominent people from the West embarked on a journey that not only took them to the discovery of the exquisite silk cloth, but also introduced them to the people living along those routes. Fascinated by the encounters, they brought these cultures back home through the exotic fabrics and patterns of the delicate silk cloths as well as through their philosophical and religious beliefs. These routes became known as the Silk Road.
The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) supports the revival of the artistic legacy of the Silk Road by opening a new route for European filmmakers who are looking to branch out. The Festival also allows Ireland to enhance economic, social, educational and cultural links with Arab, Asian, Middle-Eastern, North African & European countries by bringing together a diverse mix of cultures, traditions and identities through a unique selection of films and festival events.
This year’s SRFF will facilitate contact between international filmmakers and provide an invaluable platform for professional and student filmmakers to showcase their work. It will also help to create dialogue and increase multicultural awareness through the wonderful medium of film.
The Irish Government fully recognises the importance of investing and nurturing creative talent in the film and TV sector. Ireland’s competitive corporate tax regime, together with the Section 481 Film Tax Relief Scheme demonstrates our commitment to and our confidence in film as an integral part of Ireland’s future plans for economic growth. The Government’s approach is based on both investing in our domestic film sector and promoting Ireland internationally as an attractive location for film and TV production.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone involved in this year’s Silk Road Film Festival every success for the future.
Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.